Seeking Ways to Improve the Human Condition
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Housing the homeless is the first step toward creating a better world. Here we will present various ideas for creating shelters, both long term and short term habitats built out of as much of the local materials as possible.
Prototyping the Individual Habitat
We asked ourselves what does one need in a dwelling to live a minimal lifestyle detached from a system that holds humanity hostage? Because houseboats and recreational vehicles are by their nature micro habitats designed for individuals or small family groups that seemed like a logical place to begin our study and experimentations.
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The next step was to clean out all the junk and repair all the electrical wiring. At the same time, we stripped most of the old paint off and primed the outside of the vehicle. We also replaced all of the rodent damaged heater ducting.
We started with an old REVCON RV body we bought, saving the old motorhome from the scrap yard. It looked a lot like a combination of these two, except filled years worth of junk and buried in the mud with the engine sitting on the ground. The rats had a field day chewing on the wiring.
Then we painted it so that it would fit in with one of the stories we tell and sell online to help fund our many projects and websites like Starfighter Command, an ever evolving story that has caused us to change the visual appearance of the model to keep up with the story’s evolution. It is within this format that we chose to create a demonstration model of independent living completely detached from the electrical grid while still living a modern lifestyle.
The REVCON is the most under-
The REVCON RV is built on a box channel frame. This makes it more rigid than C-
This riveted stretch form construction is an elegant design, and the interior cabinetry was constructed by stretching Formica over a wood frame. The core is semi-
The elegance of its design is clearly visible here. The front wheel drivetrain with a Turbo Hydramatic transmission bolted to the bottom of the ladder frame. The torsion bars for the original Toronado front suspension are visible extending rearward from the drivetrain unit. Where you see that torsion bar cross member is where the factory Toronado frame ends, from there back, the rest of the coach is effectively a trailer being dragged by the powertrain unit. This design allowed for an exceptionally low floor and accompanying center of gravity; as a result, the REVCON handled like no other coach of its time.
The low profile enabled by the front-